Rising sophomore Elizabeth Kilborn and some of her teammates on the women’s tennis team are enjoying their summers on campus by taking classes and training for next year. Elizabeth has agreed to blog for RamblinWreck.com from time to time to update everyone on the team’s progress this summer on and off the court. Check back from time-to-time to see what Elizabeth has to say. Some of her teammates may pop up on here as well.
Aug. 3, 2010
So last time I wrote, I was in Athens at the ITA with Lynn and Christina, so let me update you on that first. We played a lot of tennis, that’s for sure! The tournament started for us on a Friday. First round, I played a girl from Murray State. She did a good job of keeping me out of my rhythm, which is tough to play in the first round when you are not into the tournament yet. I won in straight sets and was set to play again in about an hour after I got off the court.
My next round was against a girl who is going to Illinois in the fall. I have played this girl many times before, so I was very familiar with her game and her strengths and weaknesses. I was hitting my serves very well in this match, which always makes things easier! I went on to a 6-0, 6-3 win. On to the semis.
After both singles on Friday, we had two rounds of doubles. I was playing with Lynn Blau, and we played the girl from Murray State and her partner from West Virginia in the first round. It was a lot of fun to be playing with Lynn again. We won 8-0 in our first round. The next round was about an hour later, against an incoming freshman at Alabama and a girl from Elon. We held serve for the whole match, and we were fortunate to get a pretty early break. We held on for a 8-5 victory. On to the finals.
We played about five hours of tennis that day in the heat of Athens, so it was a very long day at the tennis center for us! Unfortunately, my back started bothering me in the last doubles match, so I decided to pull out of the tournament. No need to push it in the summer. I was actually supposed to play Viet Ha Ngo in the semis, so she got a walk over into the finals against Clemson’s Keri Wong, who also happened to be her doubles partner for the weekend. Again, it was good to get in some more matches, even though the tournament had to end a little too quickly for me.
The silver lining of not being able to play the rest of the tournament was that I was able to see my brother Bradley play football Saturday afternoon. In the summer, they play a lot of 7-on-7 tournaments against other high schools. Its a lot of fun to watch because every play is a throwing play. This tournament was double elimination, and they lost their first game of the morning. So, every game they played from that point on was “win or go home”. They ended up winning about 6 or 7 more games, and made it all the way to the finals, before they lost to one of their biggest rivals, Lassiter. It was very exciting to see all of the guys come together and fight their hardest to come from behind, being down in games multiple times. They kick off their season in the Georgia Dome in just a few weeks, and I can’t wait to go watch Bradley play there. I think he is going to have a very exciting senior season! I am a proud sister, can you tell??? 🙂
So now I am just getting ready for finals, which are this Tuesday and Thursday for me. Then I will have two weeks off from class until fall classes start up again! I am excited for all of the new girls to get to school. After finals, I am heading up to Indiana for one last tournament before classes start back up. This tournament is the Championship tournament of the ITA summer series. I am looking forward to it! Until next time…